ALAN SILLITOE (1928 - ) was born in Nottingham, England in 1928. He worked in factories from the age of 14, and then for two years as an air force radio operator in Malaya. After that, he lived for some time in Mallorca (Majorca) and started to write. After ten years' work his first book 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning' was published in 1958. Since then, Alan Sillitoe has written more than 40 books: novels, stories, poems, plays, essays, Travel books and children's books. With his wife Ruth Fainlight, Alan Sillitoe now divides his time between London and Kent. The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner appeared in 1959. It won the Hawthornden Prize for literature and was made into a film.